Are you tough enough?
Darkest Dungeon might be grim and unforgiving, but if you're attuned to the specialist ways of old-school rogue-likes such as the original Rogue
, then you're in for a treat. It is brutally hard but underneath its tough exterior there lies a clever, fascinating RPG which is well worth delving into. The game takes place in a very bleak, gothic-style world and charges you with recruiting a party of bold but flawed adventurers and then leading them into some very unpleasant dungeons, with the intention of stopping the tide of monsters that lurk within from spreading out into the grounds of your ancestral home. The game plays out in turn-based fashion, with your party of heroes making use of a wide range of weapons and gear to take on some truly fearsome monsters. You'll also have to worry about psychological elements such as stress and paranoia, while permadeath rears its head and your heroes also come with their own emotional baggage which affects how they perform in the field. Darkest Dungeon is certainly not for the faint of heart and you can expect to die a lot when you start out. However, persevere and you'll find a thoroughly rewarding dungeon crawler that is going to eat up your time. The game impresses with its visual style, which is brooding and highly evocative, with some truly fantastic design work. The gameplay too is enthralling, with the added gameplay mechanics helping the game to stand out from the crowd and the procedural nature of the levels and the range of customization giving it a lot of replay value. A top notch experience, if you're tough enough.